Definition of fallout in English:


Syllabification: fall·out
Pronunciation: /ˈfôlˌout


  • 1Radioactive particles that are carried into the atmosphere after a nuclear explosion or accident and gradually fall back as dust or in precipitation.
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    • Belarus was one of the territories affected by the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in 1986.
    • These produce a relatively small explosion and less radioactive fallout than other designs.
    • Winds routinely carried radioactive fallout to communities in Utah, Nevada and northern Arizona.
  • 1.1 [usually with modifier] Airborne substances resulting from an industrial process or accident: acid fallout from power stations
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    • Only in the past 5 years have scientists seriously considered that such gaseous oxidants might affect mercury fallout.
    • They mainly aim at containing the fallout of carbon dioxide but fail to deal with the volume of carbon-intensive inputs in the first place.
    • The dust was found on analysis to contain ‘significant quantities’ of power station fallout.
  • 2The adverse side effects or results of a situation: almost as dramatic as the financial scale of the mess is the growing political fallout
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    • Any unfavourable decision vis-a vis an inter-State dispute is bound to result in a political fallout.
    • As well as the toll taken by the increasing use of hard drugs, there was the psychological and spiritual fallout that resulted from abuses of dignity and personal boundaries.
    • The prosecutors must also consider the possible negative economic fallout that likely will result at a time when the economy is already struggling.
    repercussion(s), reverberation(s), aftermath, effect(s), consequence(s)

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